By 2050, many of the world’s most precious resources are expected to be under strain; including the wildlife we love, the air we breathe and the water we drink.
But today, leading experts at the University of Southern Queensland are helping build a more sustainable future through the introduction of a new Bachelor of Environmental Science.
Program Coordinator Associate Professor Andy Le Brocque said the new degree proved the University was at the forefront of environmental change.
“We realise now how important our understanding of biodiversity and our broader environment is - we have the effects of climate change and also aspects of habitat fragmentation and loss,” Associate Professor Le Brocque said.
“If we want life on Earth to survive into the future, we need to understand our impacts on the environment and be able to find solutions to mitigate them.”
With the option of four science focused majors (Ecology and Conservation, Climate Science, Water Science or Wildlife and Pest Management), students can choose where to focus their future efforts.
“This is a very important industry going forward for Australia and for the rest of the globe,” Associate Professor Le Brocque said.
“Career opportunities for graduates of our environmental science degree are going to be very diverse.
“Students will be able to find opportunities as rangers and wildlife officers, through to meteorologists and water specialists.
“Graduates can expect to see strong future growth in employment opportunities – it is estimated that in the next five years there will be over 14,000 job openings in this field.”
The degree will also be one of the first of its kind in the state to include First Nations environmental perspectives as a core component, according to Ecology lecturer Dr Adam Frew.
“This will provide students with a sound appreciation of the history and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, the nexus between environment and their culture, and the importance of Aboriginal methods for sustainable environmental practice,” Dr Frew said.
“Water science is also a brand new area for us and reflects our location, at the headwaters of the Murray Darling Basin.
“We need more world-class environmental scientists; those who can expand our understanding of flora and fauna, help manage our water resources and combat climate change.”
As world leaders came together for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last week, students too can join forces at the University of Southern Queensland to ensure their future holds today’s precious resources.
Applications are now open for the inaugural 2022 intake for Bachelor of Environmental Science.
Celebrating the introduction of the University of Southern Queensland’s new Bachelor of Environmental Science are (from left) Associate Professor Andy Le Brocque, Masters student Anna Ng and Dr Adam Frew.